Title:Three pillars of safety
Project leader:Mgr. Jana Barvíková, Ph.D.
Funding provider:Norské fondy/Nadace Open Society Fund Praha
Co-worker:Mgr. Jana Paloncyová, Ph.D.
Project leader-external:Petra Wünschová
Co-worker (external):
Project start:2015
Project end:2016
Recipient:ACORUS, o.s.
Subrecipient:VÚPSV, v.v.i.

In up to 90% of cases children witness domestic violence. These children are at risk of the CAN syndrome, yet there are no easily accessible social services or work procedures to help them cope with the consequences of domestic violence. Even after parental separation, a child is often further harmed by their conflict and insensitive institutional interventions. The project objective is to create an innovative system of assistance for the whole family at risk of domestic violence, to protect the interests of children and to provide complex and sensitive help to vulnerable children and their families. To achieve these goals Acorus (the project promoter) will open a new Therapeutic Centre for Children from at-risk families in Prague in May 2015. The project will be supported by an information campaign called "What is normal at home,” targeted at vulnerable children. The Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs (the project partner) is responsible for the planned research activities: 1. statistical analysis of the data extracted from the Acorus client database, 2. in-depth interviews with children and adults with a personal experience with domestic violence, 3. focus groups and in-depth interviews with experts from Acorus. The results of the research activities will be presented in a peer-reviewed study and at a conference organized at the end of the project.

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